Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: January 25, 2006
Publication Date: April 10, 2006
Citation: Lester, G.E. 2006. Organic vs. conventionally grown produce: quality differences and guidelines for comparison studies. HortScience. 41(2):296-300.
Organic and conventional fruits and vegetables contain compounds with important human health promoting effects. Whether fruits and vegetables grown via organic versus conventional production systems are superior in taste and nutrition, at present, is difficult to say with complete certainty. To ascertain possible quality differences and develop a definitive data base, direct comparative studies of organic vs. conventional produce, require that rigorous guidelines be followed which include: 1) appropriate study approaches (retail market vs. farm vs. research center studies); and 2) standardized preharvest production site, harvest procedural, postharvest handling, and analytical methodology constraints.